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The relevant part starts around 00:40:15
Progress Report on Implementation: Destination Birmingham (Birmingham, A Music City)
If you have an interest in Music and Birmingham you really should take the time to watch this.
Download pdf: Progress Report on Implementation Destination Birmingham – Birmingham A Music City
All positive comments invited
Subjects covered include Home of Metal, Black Sabbath, BCU and its involvement in Music, James Burkmar, UK Trade and Investment, Midem, Budget Cuts,
Tom Pakinkis writes here that new research commissioned by the Musicians’ Union suggests that 60% of musicians have worked for free over the past year, and more than half of professional musicians get paid less than £20,000 per year.
The MU calls the statistics “ominous for the future of music in the UK” against the backdrop of the autumn statement with its omission of music for the Government’s £6m creative industry boost.
“So many of the MU’s members are SMEs battling against a tide of arts cuts and reduced income due to piracy,” said MU general secretary John Smith.
“Small but significant investment by Government could make all the difference in the struggle to survive.
“What’s also interesting is that of the musicians surveyed who receive royalty payments; over half said that they represented an important additional source of income for them. This finally puts paid to the argument that ordinary musicians do not benefit from copyright.”
The full report can be found here to download as a pdf
In 2010 Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry was asked to answer 10 Questions.
In May 2011 UK Music published “Destination: Music” the first study of its kind to scope the economic contribution of music festivals and major concerts to tourism throughout the UK. You can read all about it at http://www.ukmusic.org/news/post/147-music-tourists-contribute-at-least-864m-a-year-to-the-uk-economy
After May 2011 Emma Williamson (Group Overview and Scrutiny Manager) & Baseema Begum (Research & Policy Officer) at the Scrutiny Office of Birmingham City Council got in touch. Emma & Baseema sent through several documents that asked a number of interesting questions. Rather than try to answer the questions on your behalf, The Music Network decided to pass the questions on to you direct.
In October 2011 The Music Network asked Another 10 Questions.
The Music Network hope the discussion will continue. We have collected together your opinions, consultation and research here in the Strategy category.
In February 2012 An email and Scrutiny Report Document was sent to us by Baseema Begum, Research & Policy Officer, Scrutiny Office, Birmingham City Council. The email read as follows: Continue reading